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Kamanofuchi Park – Tama River

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on October 3, 2014

I posted a little while ago about the Kamanofuchi Park and the Tama River in the middle of little Ome City in the far west of Tokyo. The park is now one of my favorite Tokyo parks, mostly because it doesn’t look like a park at all. The Tama river in these parts of Tokyo are at the bottom of a quite deep river narrow and there are not that many places where you can actually walk down to the river and interact with it on normal days. The water flow is usually much to rapid but every now and then the water slows down and there is a convenient widening of the river bed which makes it safe and accessible enough. At the Kamanofuchi park it is even possible to go into the water and enjoy yourself a little as long as you keep out of the more quick moving deeper parts where it is impossible to remain standing.

The water is quite good too. When I was there the Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) test showed less than 3 mg/L, which is a very good score. The water was completely clear, cold and very fresh with none of that typical river smell at all. This park is easy to reach from Ome station, just walk out of the station and head south, eventually you will find one of the two bridges connecting the park with the higher level city. It is great to find places like this in the largest city in the world!











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  1. photoman365 said, on October 3, 2014 at 4:50 am

    I believe everyone should have access to parks similar to this one. The natural beauty and peace brought to an area by a free flowing river is not only rare, but also priceless. Good job Japan! At yet again, beating the U.S. in something that actually matters.


    • tokyobling said, on October 3, 2014 at 6:54 am

      Thank you for the comment! There is a lot of pressure on Japan to keep access to green areas from the major cities. This place is a great example.

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  2. rudyhou said, on October 14, 2014 at 8:36 am

    very clean indeed. i can only wish the same for the rivers in the city i live in.


  3. Great Mushrooming said, on August 10, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    My house is a short walk from kamanohuchi!!


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